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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #5: Jane Austen VERSUS Kurt Vonnegut

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Jane Austen Vs. Lucy Maud Montgomery), with a final score of 38-13, was Jane Austen.

While hardly more than acquainted with Lucy Maud Montgomery (I've only read Anne of Green Gables, and seen a couple movies), I was pleased to see some people in her corner and to hear that more than a few people have fond childhood memories of the Canadian icon.

I'm quite enjoying the comments; bitter and diplomatic alike! I had contemplated simply having a poll in the sidebar, but I know now that I've chosen the better route: I would have missed out on such great discussions. (And to all the Austen fans, you'll be happy to note that I picked up a copy of Pride and Prejudice from the library today- but no promises as to when I'll get to it!)

On that note, it's time to get to this week's debate. I'll be honest, I was getting a little tired of the black and white photos. Plus, I get a kick out of comparing these two authors. For those of you who accused me of comparing apples to oranges when I pitted Poe against Austen, this week's compare must seem like apples to...I don't know...turnips.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (July 17th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?




36 comments:

Eva said...

Jane Austen! I go for Austen because she's had much more of an impact on my life. And, can you ever see Colin Firth starring in a movie based on a Vonnegut book?!

John said...

Never read Vonnegut, and I am a confirmed Janeite, so Jane Austen it is.

kookiejar said...

Vonnegut! He was simply one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Great writer, great man.

And yes, I can see Colin Firth as Billy Pilgrim (Slaughterhouse Five).

patricia said...

For her time, Jane was a brillaint woman. And really, her work still holds up today – but I gotta say Kurt. I agree with kookiejar – one of the greatest thinkers of our time. And funny, too. I gained an even deeper respect for the man when I saw him play himself in Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' and Rodney Dangerfield's 'Back To School'.

Oh, and...Jucy Lucy shoulda won!! Recount! Recount!

Sam Houston said...

I'll go with Jane Austen since I've read so much more of her work than I have read Vonnegut's. Too, I grew weary of Vonnegut's persona when he seemed to go off the deep end politically in the last few years. I grew bored with him as a result. That said, both of them have obviously claimed their place in literary history.

Matt said...

I went with Jane Austen by default last time, but this time there's an author I've actually read and enjoyed. That would be Vonnegut, who receives my vote.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

My backing of Jane Austen must now end. Kurt Vonnegut - absolutely! He was subversive and wise and funny as hell. The voice of our time.

MyUtopia said...

oooh..this one is tougher. I think I still say Jane!

Stephanie said...

Although I've only read one book by Austen (Persuasion) and really enjoyed it, Kurt Vonnegut is one of my very favorites!! He was such a great thinker....so deep and I just love his quirkiness.

Definitely Vonnegut!

Carrie K said...

Jane Austen still gets my vote, although dang. That's a hard choice.

raidergirl3 said...

I'm bitter over the LM debacle - her books have layers! and depth! argg.
*deep cleansing breath*
I have read a Vonnegut and two Austens. Jane Austen books are so dense, I find them unbearable. I cannot read them with any speed. And the two I read seemed the same to me.
I vote for Vonnegut!
alliteraton also, woo hoo

Dewey said...

JOHN YOU ARE AN EVIL, EVIL MAN!

This is too hard! I've loved so many books by both writers.

I guess I'll go with Austen because the only real tie-breaker I can think of is that she had a harder struggle to be a writer in her time, being a woman, so she must have been extremely dedicated to her writing. Probably Vonnegut was dedicated, too, but I don't know of any big roadblock he faced.

Allison said...

Not even a contest in my mind, Kurt Vonnegut all the way.

Bybee said...

John, you're forcing me to expand my horizons, which is good. I thought I was a well-read bookworm, but I guess I'm really not. Haven't read any Vonnegut novels. This is what I get for passing up that copy of Slaughterhouse Five in April -- Must abstain this week. Unless...hmmm...another bookstore run?

Gentle Reader said...

This is a tough one because of the apples to turnips quality. But I'll have to go with Jane Austen, because though I've really enjoyed the Vonnegut I've read, I agree with Sam in that I grew bored with the persona he presented. I really respect Vonnegut's talent, but I'm going with Jane.

3M said...

Jane Austen!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I love the apples with oranges comparisons -- much more fun. I vote Jane Austen. [S]He was subversive and wise and funny as hell.

Vendethiel said...

Jane Austen! I just love her books and her characters!

Elizabeth A. W. said...

Well, Jane Austen is my favourite author, and I don't want to deny her winning for the third time, so my vote goes to Jane Austen.

Sorry, Kurt.

Gracie said...

Jane Austen gets my vote. I haven't read as much of Kurt Vonnegut's work, but that's because I've not found the ones I have read as interesting as Jane's work. Both may be timeless in their own ways, but Jane is more satisfying on more levels.

Rebecca said...

VONNEGUT! Vonnegut! Vonnegut!

Dr J said...

Vonnegut. Clearly and resoundingly.

Amanda said...

Jane I think.

marian said...

I've never read any Vonnegut, so this is slightly unfair of me to vote, but then again Jane has no match in the literary world, so thereby I justify my vote. Jane Austen!!!

lomihi said...

Again, Jane Austen.

Cindy said...

Jane Austen, although tough call. Her writing has stood the test of nearly 200 years and continues to be relevant to people today. I'm not sure Vonnegut will be so well liked and widely read in 150 years.

Literary Feline said...

I have to go with Jane Austen.

Rob Hardy said...

Had you asked when I was sixteen, I would have said Kurt Vonnegut (and, parenthetically, "Jane who?"). But now, after careful consideration, my vote again goes to Jane Austen.

JAladynLanc said...

Jane Austen! This was the most difficult choice for me yet...especially with our recent loss of Vonnegut. Kurt is, for many of us, the voice of our generation but I tend to think that Jane will resonate for more
readers longer. :-)

PW said...

Ah, Miss Austen for me, please.

Ms. Place said...

Oh, my John, I so adore your sense of humor. This time it is exquisitely wicked. Jane had a devastating wit, and Vonnegut is the master of, well, in my youthful days no novelist could be more exciting to read. How could one possibly vote in any way other than irrationally?

I have read every one of Kurt's books and everyone of Jane's.

Slaughter House Five vs. Pride and Prejudice?

Welcome to the Monkey House vs. Northanger Abbey?

Oh, you wicked, wicked man. Dayum and blast.

Jane Austen, if you please.

Isabella said...

Vonnegut.

JaneFan said...

argh, I still haven't read any Vonnegut. I tried Cat's Cradle in high school, but didn't get too far. I need to try again. His recent death reminded me of this big gap in my reading.

So this is another vote for Jane.

helen said...

Simply put for me–my vote goes to Jane.

Tony A said...

Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, truly great works. The man had great style, and still fresh in our memories, and a great loss indeed.

With that said, there still is no question, Jane Austen forever.

John Mutford said...

Voting has now closed.